I Know You’re Going to be Happy

A story of love and betrayal

by Rupert Christiansen

  • Published: 07 Mar 2013
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 176p
  • ISBN: 9781780721248

A young man pushed forward by family expectations, a young woman pulled back …

A wedding at a fashionable London church in 1948 between two brilliant journalists, deeply in love – the ambitious and sophisticated son of a famous Fleet Street editor, and a beautiful twenty-one-year-old girl from a different social class who was boldly breaking the barriers on women working in newspapers.

Through this poignant and perceptive portrait of his parents’ impassioned marriage and acrimonious divorce, Rupert Christiansen chronicles with novelistic power a generation for whom the experience of the Sixties brought emotional chaos as well as liberation.

“Rupert Christiansen’s memoir offers an account of family heartbreak, told with no self-pity but with great tenderness for the lost parents. It is also a mystery story. Most of all this is the history of a consciousness and its conscience, both richly aware and unfashionably, grandly, fierce.”
Candia McWilliam
“Compulsive read... What makes it fascinating is witnessing Christiansen's attempt to establish a relationship with his father, for the first time, in these pages... Powerful and haunting.”
The Guardian
“Funny, truthful, and in the end a very painful account of the devastation caused to a small boy by his father leaving the family... Reading Christiansen's tender, insightful, clear-eyed account of it all is a remarkable experience.”
The Observer

About Rupert Christiansen

Rupert Christiansen was born in London and educated at King’s College, Cambridge. He has written several books, including Prima Donna, Paris Babylon, The Visitors, Pocket Guide to Opera and The Complete Book of Aunts. He is currently opera critic and arts columnist for The Daily Telegraph, dance critic for The Mail on Sunday and a member of the editorial board of Opera magazine. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, including the Spectator, TLS, Harpers & Queen, Vanity Fair, New Yorker and Talk. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the British judge for the Birgit Nilsson Prize.